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Cool piece of driftwood

I was given a huge piece of driftwood, It has been suggested that I cut it in 1/2 and would like everyone opinions.

It will be going into an 8 X 2 X 2 tank. Heres the pics





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In the 2nd pic it looks like a volcano! Cool! Personally, I would use it like it is in that pic and cut some caves out from underneath in a "X", "Y" or "K" pattern. Then maybe drill a few holes down to the caves from an angle above? A cave on each side of that nub right in front (2nd pic) on the bottom...the cave on the right being bigger than the one on the left since the right branch above is taller. Cut out some pieces of black construction paper and tack 'em on to see how it would look first.

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How would you cut it? hand saw? u would need a big bandsaw to cut it nicely.i bet that wood is hard to cut.
i wouldnt cut it since you have such a big tank. id use it as mountains and put moss and anubias nana petites on it, flame moss it on rear.
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Find someone with a recipricating saw (a.k.a. sawzall) and offer to buy a long blade. Could also use a combination of hole saws/spade bits for the drill and drill it out. Of course it wouldn't be easy, not much in life worth doing is

Some flame moss trimmed low to look like pine trees on a mountainside and something red at the peak would be the perfect volcano! O.k, o.k., how much do you want for it!?!?!?! j/k
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Well the decision was made not to cut it. And will go in as is. With the fish that will be in the tank there won't be any need to cut caves in it either unless I decide to put some bristlenose pairs in there, and they would dig holes in the substrate to get under it.

The fauna for this tank is planned as 10 angels, 30 threadfins and 10 to 20 black cories and thats it.
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its a beautiful piece
i second the opinion of putting some moss on it. it'll make it look amazing

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I have lots of fissidens moss, came out of a creek locally, Just trying to get it adjusted to the tank and hopefully it will get pretty green.
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Isn't doing it for me, it's pretty boring looking. Damson trees (if you get them over there) have much more interesting root forms.
Also desert trees which by and large are hardwoods have more characterful rootstock.
If you go for it and use it I'd 3rd moss and anubias but I'm not sure how you'd make it work coherently.
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Isn't doing it for me, it's pretty boring looking. Damson trees (if you get them over there) have much more interesting root forms.
Also desert trees which by and large are hardwoods have more characterful rootstock.
If you go for it and use it I'd 3rd moss and anubias but I'm not sure how you'd make it work coherently.
Around here we don't have those trees and I am a long way from the desert. I do have a lot of anubias and will take my time fixing it up since it will take awhile for the tank to cycle and all.

Besides I do like it and guess thats all that matters.
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Sorry If I caused offence, its easy to seem brash and abrasive.
Just a tip, I would split the wood rather than cut it. you'll get more a more natural appearance and you might get some more interesting forms, imagine if it was split into several smaller pieces, I think that'd look spectacular.
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I would split it right down the middle from top to bottom on the 2nd pic and lay them on the clean cut areas to expose the natural look of both pieces. Don't know if you understand what I'm saying but yea...
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Besides I do like it and guess thats all that matters.
That's right! We're only offering opinions (I didn't think garuf's was brash or abrasive) so you take them as they come and make up your mind as to what you like. Good luck and if it only looks wonderful to you...that's o.k.!
I would 2nd (3rd?) that if your going to divide it, split it instead of cutting.

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I wasn't offended by the comment, just stating that its a persons own opinion. I like the piece as it is, but also think it would look nice split into 2 or more pieces. Will just have to see how it would look in the tank.

I was also advised to split in half and put it into my 2 75's instead of the big tank. So will just have to wait and see. I was also advised to let it age some more if I split it. But at least I know it does sink and not float. tried it out in the pond and it went to the bottom.
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